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BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai-American girl residing in Michigan who fled to Thailand after allegedly being concerned in a hit-and-run accident that killed a university pupil has agreed to return to the USA to face fees, police mentioned Wednesday.

Tubtim “Sue” Howson, 57, allegedly struck Michigan State College pupil Benjamin Kable, 22, shortly earlier than daybreak on Jan. 1, and in accordance with U.S. authorities, flew to Thailand on a one-way ticket on Jan. 3. The accident came about in Oakland County, Michigan.

A state cost of failing to cease at a severe accident was filed on Feb. 2. and a federal cost associated to her flying in another country was filed on Feb. 6.

Thai deputy nationwide police chief Surachate Hakparn, talking at a information convention additionally attended by Howson, introduced she intends to return to the USA to face fees, and preparations have been being made for her to fly again earlier than Sunday.

“I left house for work round 5.30 a.m. to six a.m. It’s the wintertime and it was very darkish. There was normally no one strolling on the highway there, besides deer,” Howson mentioned, recounting the accident. She mentioned she initially thought she had hit a deer, however when requested later why she fled to Thailand, responded that when she noticed Kable’s physique, she thought he should be useless.

“I didn’t assume I’d run away, however I used to be very shocked. I attempted to name the police however my fingers have been shaking. I couldn’t do something,” she mentioned.

The FBI, when it filed a federal cost in opposition to her, famous in a courtroom submitting that she was initially from Thailand and allegedly instructed a detailed affiliate after the crash that she thought she killed any individual and she or he was going again to Thailand.

“When inspired to show herself in to police, Howson allegedly acknowledged, ‘no cops, no cops,’” FBI agent Matthew Schuff mentioned within the submitting.

Howson arrived in Thailand on Jan. 5, and police mentioned they began to hint her on Jan. 12 on the FBI’s request, discovering her on Jan. 14 within the western province of Ratchaburi, the place they advised she flip herself in.

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Thailand and the U.S. have an extradition treaty, and if a suspect challenges an extradition order, it should undergo a Thai courtroom, which could be a prolonged course of.

Surachate mentioned Howson has been working and residing in Michigan along with her household and two youngsters for greater than 20 years.

“We didn’t arrest her. After she knew the information, she confirmed the intention to just accept the punishment within the U.S.,” he mentioned. “This shall be instance for Thai society.”

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